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Project MEND

November, 2016

The Pentagon welcomed us to receive The Newman's Own Award
Toast of the Town - A Big Hit
Free Fajitas for Veterans .... and wine!

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Project MEND Mission Statement:
Project MEND is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals living with disabilities and illness through the reuse and distribution of medical equipment and other assistive technology.

Previous Events:  
Newman's Own Award
On September 28, 2016, Project Mend was awarded $37,500 from the Newman's
Own Foundation for our INNOVATIVE work in serving veterans in San Antonio and the surrounding Alamo area.  We were excited to be one of only five awards granted nationwide.  We were welcomed to the home of General Paul Selva and his wife, Ricki,  for a reception at Ft. Myers the night before the award presentation at the Pentagon with General James Dunford.  Fisher House and Military Times partnered with Newman's Own to facilitate the award decision and presentation.   "We are honored to be among those honored by this remarkable award.  Our commitment to serving Veterans and their families is something we are really proud of, especially here in Military City, USA," said Executive Director, Cathy Valdez. 
Dexter Moon, Project MEND Board Vice Chair; Cathy Valdez,  Executive Director; General Paul Selva, Vice Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Denise Bennett,  Development Director;  and Ricki Selva, who served as a member of the selection committee.   

Dexter Moon, Carolyn Phillips,  Director of Pass It On Center;   General James Dunford,  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Cathy Valdez, and Denise Bennett 
Cathy accepting the Newman's Own Award from General Dunford on behalf of Project MEND. 

Project MEND: Receives a Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation: For Durable Medical Equipment/AT & Reuse Program.

Project MEND is proud to announce that is has received a $10,270 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Project MEND will used the grant for the purchase of wheelchairs in a variety of sizes to build up inventory to support the need for wheelchairs in San Antonio and surrounding community. "We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Christopher & Dana Reeves Foundation for this grant award to meet the tremendous need. The wheelchairs will provide independence, mobility, and improved quality of life for those who receive them.

Toast of the Town 2016 Honoree Boeing Employee Volunteers
Project MEND's Signature FUNDRAISING Annual Event, Toast of the Town honors a community member or agency dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities. Proceeds support the Project MEND mission to provide refurbished home medical equipment and specialized assistive devices to veterans, children, seniors, and others with disabilities or illness. On September 9, 2016, we honored Boeing Volunteers.

left to right

Marco Palos, Jennifer Marin, Chris Prado, Liz Noah, Ron Conant,  Aurelina Prado and Steve Stiger

Volunteers from Boeing

left to right
Marco Palos, Chris Prado, Jennifer Marin, Jay Galloway, Liz Noah, Ron Conant, Aurelina Prado, Steve Stiger, Kevin Bell,  Dayni Alba and Ellen Belle. 
Boeing Volunteers with Management Personnel 
Cathy Valdez, Ron Conant, and Gordon Hartman
Giselle Cantatore works hard to check in guests.

Allie Rodriguez, Jaimi & John Edgmon have a quick photo moment at the wine pull.
Project MEND Partners with Warm Springs Resource Center for Assistive Technology Demonstration
Project MEND teamed up with Texas Center for Disability Studies; Texas Technology Access Program and provided demonstrations and information on a wide range of assistive technologies to meet the needs of individuals with vision and hearing disabilities. The demonstration was a great success for the nearly 30 individuals who attended on September 20th. Thanks to the Warm Springs Resource Center for hosting this event.
Giselle, Allie, & Rena working diligently at the demonstration.

Scarecrow for the Botanical Gardens 
Project MEND's staff worked industriously to complete their Mendi Scarecrow for the BOOTANICA-WILD ABOUT SCARECROW'S event held on Saturday, Octo
ber 22nd from 10 AM - 2 PM. The staff utilized many of the refurbished and discarded items to construct their lifelike scarecrow for display. The picture on the left shows the staff working together to get the scarecrow ready for the event. The picture to the right is where it's placed on a pathway at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens.

Above:  Giselle, Angel, Eli, Rena, Joe, Mendi, & Allie 

Rights:  Mendi the Scarecrow

Upcoming Events
Veterans at Viola's
Come join us at the beautiful Viola's Ventanas' patio, on November 10th from 5:5:30-7:30 PM. We're celebrating Veterans and their service to our Country. All proceeds from the event will support Project MEND Veterans programs.  Join us in honoring VFW Post 837, Commander Krystal Nerio for their ongoing support of Project MEND's Veterans Program.  Enjoy a raffle, entertainment, and a wine pull.VETERENS ATTEND FREE.  

Client Story 
Christopher is a 6-year-old boy born with Hydrocephalus and lumbar scoliosis. Hydrocephalus causes fluid buildup in the brain which in turn can cause brain damage, headaches, cognitive difficulties, and loss of coordination. In combination with the scoliosis and hydrocephalus Christopher faces physical barriers with walking.
Because of the physical barriers that Christopher faces with walking his doctor felt that a tilt and space wheelchair would benefit him. Previous to receiving a wheelchair through Project MEND his father was havi 
ng to use a stroller to transport him but it was not conducive to his needs and condition. The wheelchair received from Project MEND has helped Christopher's father have the proper means to transport Christopher to various doctor's appointments, out and in the community, and while at school.
Because of the generous equipment donations made to Project MEND we were able to refurbish and sanitize a tilt and space wheelchair and get it to a child in need.

Upcoming Holiday Hours 
Holiday Hours at Project MEND 
Closed November 24-25, 2016
Closed December 19-30, 2016
Reopening on January 03, 2017

Wheelchairs are our most requested item, and we are always in need of a variety of sizes.  Unfortunately, we turn away an average of 7 people each day because we don't have the right item they need at the specific moment they need it. 
Your donations are desperately needed to help others live with mobility, independence and improved quality of life.  
Call us to make a donation, or drop your item off to any Goodwill location and they will see to it that the medical equipment donation is picked up by Project MEND.  
Our phone number is:  210-223-6363.  
Other items we are in need are: Tub Transfer Benches, Tub/Shower Grab Bars, Walkers with seats, Canes and Quad Canes, Bedside Commodes, Rolling Walkers, Trapeze Bars, Hoyer Lifts, Shower Chairs, Adult Diapers and Blue Pads, Hospital Beds and Scooters.  

Stay Tuned 
Project MEND will be moving to a larger warehouse.  We need more space, and we need to reunite our staff.  Watch for us to GROW and be better equipped to meet the needs of our community and provide greater convenience and expanded services to our clients.

Project MEND| 210-223-6363 |


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